National Day of Mourning April 28, 2023

The National Day of Mourning is a day to remember and honour workers who lost their lives or experienced a workplace injury or illness because of a workplace tragedy. The Day of Mourning was first recognized in Canada in 1984. The Canadian Labour Council first held its first day of remembrance in 1986. Traditionally on April 28 the Canadian flag is flown at half-mast on Parliament Hill and on all federal buildings. More than one hundred (100) countries now observe April 28 as a Day of Mourning.

On April 28 Unions, families, community organizations, faith groups and others gather to honour those who lost their lives in the workplace and to recommit to working towards establishing safe and healthy conditions in the workplace so as to prevent further fatalities, injuries and illnesses.

COPE Ontario encourages all its members across Ontario to:

  • Attend a Day of Mourning event in your community
  • Encourage your  family,  friends,  and  neighbours  to  attend  a  Day  of  Mourning ceremony
  • Ask your Employer to publicize the Day of Mourning on their website
  • Work with local media to promote and cover the Day of Mourning events
  • Use digital tools by posting photos and messages about the importance of the Day of
  • Press elected officials to support better enforcement of health and safety regulations.
  • COPE Ontario encourages its members and all Employers, organizations, and communities to pause and observe a moment of silence at 11 am on April 28th.

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Either we save our public medicare now, or we are going to lose it

Giant march & protest. Send a message to the Ford government & Ontario's Legislature that cannot be ignored.

In Toronto: Gather at 12 p.m. noon at the south side of Nathan Phillips Square across from the Sheraton, 123 Queen St. W. We will march to the Ontario Legislature at Queen’s Park which is in session — local Members of Provincial Parliament from across Ontario will be there.

There is a designated space at Queen’s Park for people with mobility issues who cannot join the march. Meet us at Queen’s Park in front of the Ontario Legislature. The march will arrive at Queen’s Park at 1 p.m.

Across Mid- & Southern Ontario: There will be buses/transportation to the Toronto protest. Look on the Ontario Health Coaltion website for details about buses and how to reserve a space or email [email protected].

In Northern Ontario (N. Ontario locations where it is too far to travel in to the Ontario Legislature):

Sault Ste. Marie: Gather at 12 p.m. noon at Roberta Bondar Pavilion for protest and march. Contact Al Dupuis at the Algoma Health Coalition [email protected].

Thunder Bay: Gather at 12 p.m. noon at mini Queen’s Park. Contact Jules Tupker [email protected].

Dryden: Rally outside of MPP Greg Rickford's office (429 Government Road) at 11:30 a.m. CDST

In Eastern Ontario

Ottawa: Gather at 12 p.m. noon at Faircrest Heights Park, 550 Smyth Road. Contact the Ottawa Health Coalition at [email protected]

Cornwall: Gather at 4 p.m. (note the time is different than elsewhere) outside MPP Nolan Quinn’s office, 120 Second St. W. Contact Louise Lanctot at [email protected] or Elaine MacDonald at [email protected].

COPE Fights for Homecare Workers

COPE joined other unions at Queen's Park to call on the Ford government to halt a plan that will cause further chaos in the home care sector – for both patients and workers. 

Bill 135 – rushed through the legislature with little oversight – demolishes existing governance structures and paves the way for privatization of vital health care services. 

The measure would dismantle the existing system of 14 Home Care and Community Support Services organizations across the province and turn them into one unwieldly structure. Unions have asked the government to consult with them on how to avoid the labour relations turmoil that will result. 

COPE Local 550 represents workers at Home Care and Community Support Services – Toronto. 

COPE Ontario Interim Director Glenn Wheeler (centre) joined OPSEU President JP Hornick, ONA President Erin Ariss, CUPE Ontario President Fred Hahn and NDP Health Critic France Gelinas at a media conference at Queen's Park.




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